one thing a home renovation project shouldn't be is life threatening.
If you are planning a make over project, especially on a home
that is 40 years or older, protect yourself from deadly asbestos
are spending more time and money than ever working on projects to make their homes
more comfortable and raise the market value of a their biggest personal asset.
Home renovation is a popular
pastime that is well worth the effort. While it can be a stressful to renovate
around family members living in the spaces you're working on, the end results
usually make it a rewarding experience.
you're thinking about one of these home improvement projects,
you should be aware that more than 3,000 products containing asbestos
were commonly used in house construction until the late 1970s.
Asbestos was a popular material for furnace duct insulation, deck
undersheeting, and roof and wall insulation. When renovating or
demolishing an older home, there is a good chance you'll encounter
at least some asbestos-containing materials.
asbestos doesn't generally pose a health risk if it's in good
condition, when it's fraying or crumbling, it can be hazardous.
Most asbestos is securely contained in protective wrapping. As
long as the fibers are safe inside, they can't harm you, but when
you take on a do-it-yourself project, you may accidentally release
the dangerous asbestos fibers into the air you breathe.
fibres can be inadvertently disturbed and released into the air when you conduct
a home renovation project. In the worst case scenario, exposure to asbestos fibres
can result in lung
cancer and other potentially fatal respiratory illnesses. So it's important
to determine if asbestos is present before beginning work on your home. If you
are unsure, seek professional help.
asbestos-containing materials are found, don't panic - they can be safely removed
and disposed of by trained and qualified workers. If the materials are found during
work, stop work immediately and have qualified professionals remove the material
before resuming the project.